The film was theatrically released in the U.S. by Paramount Pictures on May 25, 2017. Prior to its release, it had been stuck in development limbo for more than a decade. It was first announced in 2004, with several writers drafting the film. Baywatch garnered a total of $177 million worldwide. Although it earned twice its production budget of $69 million, the film was negatively received mostly for its brand of humor, plot, and character development. Despite this, the film still earned public praise for its cast’s performance. At the 2017 Teen Choice Awards, Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron won the Choice Movie: Comedy Actor awards. Alexandra Daddario and Priyanka Chopra also earned Choice Movie: Comedy Actress and Choice Movie: Villain respectively. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a low approval rating of 17% based on 225 reviews. Its average rating is 4/10. Likewise, Metacritic assigned a weighted average score of 37/100 based on 47 critics. Both review aggregator websites indicated poor reviews from the film’s audience. Baywatch received an average grade of B+ from audiences polled by CinemaScore. This poor reception propelled Dwayne Johnson to come to the film’s defense, saying that it was made for the fans who absolutely loved it. In an interview with Priyanka Chopra, she revealed that the main antagonist was supposedly a man, but the script took a change after director Seth Gordon met her.
about the movie
Based on the television series of the same title, Baywatch is a 2017 American action comedy film that features Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Jon Bass, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach and Priyanka Chopra. The film was directed by Seth Gordon from a screenplay penned by Mark Swift and Damian Shannon.